(NaturalNews) If you need another reason to add more celery into your diet, researchers have now identified a compound in the vegetable that demonstrates anti-tumor activity. Effective against several types of cancer — including those of the pancreas, ovaries, liver, small intestine, stomach, lung and breast — apigenin has been shown in vitro to significantly inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Although this flavonoid is present in a variety of fruits and vegetables, celery is a particularly rich source of the compound.
Research funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and America’s National Cancer Institute isolated apigenin and studied its effect on tumor growth. To begin, the team injected ovarian epithelial cancer cells (OVCAR-3) into the ovaries of test mice. OVCAR-3 cells feature strong tumorigenicity and resistance to chemotherapy. Within four weeks of implantation, all the mice had abdominal tumors.
An oral extract of apigenin was then administered at 75 mg/kg and 150 mg/kg, which respectively represented 0.025 percent and 0.05 percent of the total daily food intake by the mice. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that oral administration of apigenin “inhibited ovarian tumor micrometastasis in liver, lung, small intestine and stomach in different degrees” and offered a “new rationale for apigenin in ovarian cancer prevention and treatment in the future.”
A study in Molecular Cancer had similar findings with pancreatic cancer. The results demonstrated that the compound arrests human pancreatic cancer cell growth in vitro and also “appears to exert its inhibitory effects on cell cycle progression in other cell lines as well.”
Written by Carolanne Wright
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